Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work is Done

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Enlightened SexismA little more than a year ago, I wrote a post about Naomi Wolf’s classic book The Beauty Myth.  Douglas’ work seems to be a nice follow-up to what I mentioned in that blog about how although there has been improvements for women in society—there are still so many things that need to be ameliorated and changed, with regards to empowerment for them.  This title actually focuses on how the world has been tricked into believing that women have finally worked their way to the top, when in reality, there are a lot of areas where women are just as far back with modernity or success as they were decades ago.  In fact, not only are these issues still pressing in other countries but in America as well.  Until women get paid equal wages that a male counterpart would for the exact same job, or stop being ridiculed and judged for being a very capable person in a male-dominated position—there will be no advancements to where women stand in society.  What about all those girls and women who continue to be dissuaded from their right to education and those who are unfortunate enough to live the life of a mail-order bride or prostitute (in several cases being smuggled or kidnapped against their will)?  Dare I even mention the choices that females (don’t) have concerning reproduction?  Douglas brings the point home brilliantly by highlighting the areas which remain grey and should be addressed.  Alas, maybe in a century we will see a positive outcome?  I hope it won’t take that long but sadly, that’s the direction I see it veering.  If that is the case, I won’t be around to witness it!  Read her book.  It will open your eyes.

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